Prime Minister Narendra Modi will green signal to the country's first engineless train Vande Bharat (train 18) Express on February 15 from New Delhi station. This train will replace the Shatabdi Express lasting 30 years. Train 18 is being termed as the country's fastest train. On December 2, during the trial in the Kota-SawaiMadhopur section, Train 18 had recorded a record speed of 180 km / h.
According to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, this train has been prepared in Chennai's coach factory in 18 months at the cost of 97 crore. There are 16 wells in the fully air-conditioned and engine-free train. Its seats can rotate to 360 degrees.
A fully air-conditioned train will have 16 coaches. There will be two executive chair cars. This train will have only two stations between Delhi to Benaras which are Kanpur and Allahabad.
Piyush Goyal says India's first engine-free train has been prepared by Indian Engineers. It is an unsurpassed sample of how world class trains can be prepared under Make in India.
According to the initial plan, train 18 will run from Delhi at 6 am and will reach Varanasi at 2 pm. It will take about 8 hours for 800 km. From Varanasi, it will return for Delhi at 2:30 pm and will arrive at 10:30 pm.